National Pet Day


Today we are celebrating our pets and all that they do for us. Owning a pet can improve your mental and physical health. Not only that, but they increase our social life as well!

Mental health benefits:

  • Helps manage loneliness

  • Helps manage depression

  • Gives us companionship

  • Increases social support

  • Boosts your mood

  • Gives a stronger sense of identity

  • Reduces negative perceptions of mental health conditions

  • Gives a sense of routine

  • Can provide distractions for people with mental health concerns relating to hearing voices, suicidal thoughts, and rumination

Physical health benefits:

  • Gives us more exercise by walking them and playing with them

  • Lowers our blood pressure

  • Lowers cholesterol levels

  • Lowers triglyceride levels

  • Helps reduce Alzheimer's patients anxious outbursts

  • Less signs of heart disease

  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without